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PHOTO: Staying out a bit longer

Jim Smith of Boscawen traded in the quicker nail gun for a hammer to shingle his workshop roof yesterday afternoon because he wanted to spend more time in the warm weather, he said. Construction is his trade, but in his barn, Smith stores and works on more than 20 motorcycles during his spare time. 0

PHOTO: Walking vigil sheds light on death penalty repeal in N.H.

Kathleen Hedstrom, center, of Concord, follows along in prayer during a moving vigil planned by the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty at Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The vigil, which was in support for the repeal of the death penalty, began at St. Paul’s Church across the street from the State House and made several stops along their walk until the group prayed while facing the men’s state prison. 0

PHOTO: Chuck into spring

Jack Philbrick, 15, and his brother Ryan, 9, threw the baseball on the street in front of their Concord home last night. It was their first time out this season, they said, and were warming up for Jack to try out again this year for the Concord High School baseball team, which he was on last year. Ryan plays for Concord Little League. 0

PHOTO: D.A.R.E. pizza night at Loudon Elementary School

Loudon Elementary School hosted their annual D.A.R.E. Pizza Night and raffle last night to benefit the police department’s D.A.R.E. program. 0

PHOTOS: 39th Army Band helps Webster students march into health

The 39th Army Band, New Hampshire Army National Guard, performed for students of Webster Elementary School at the town hall yesterday. The performance kicked off the “March into Health Challenge,” an initiative started this year by Judy Elliott, the school nurse. The two-week challenge is a way to encourage students to make and maintain healthy decisions, keeping track of things such as hours of sleep, exercise and diet. Elliott, the school nurse for 23 years and a registered nurse for 41 years, said every few 0

PHOTO: Ashes to go for Ash Wednesday

Kate Atkinson, rector at St. Paul’s Church, Jason Wells, rector of Grace Church in East Concord, and Robert Hirschfeld, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, were in front of the State House yesterday afternoon offering “ashes to go” to those who could not make it to a service. Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent. 0

PHOTOS: Nashua student wins N.H. spelling bee in Concord

Arushi Kalpande, a sixth-grader at Infant Jesus School in Nashua, won the 61st annual New Hampshire Spelling Bee at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord yesterday. Out of nearly 200 competitors, Kalpande won by spelling “insouciant,” which means “a relaxed and calm state; a feeling of not worrying about anything,” according to Merriam-Webster. The win advances her to represent the state in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May. 0

PHOTO: Hunters gather at Granite State Outdoor Show

P aul Sweetser (left) of Waterbury, Vt., and Lane Benoit, a master tracker from Ducksbury, Vt., sit at their booth at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord during the Granite State Outdoor Show, which kicked off yesterday and runs through tomorrow. Lane comes from a line of hunters that started with his grandfather. Leo started hunting for food and imparted his knowledge to his son, Larry, who then passed it on to Lane and his brothers, Lanny and Shane. Larry, who was known as Mr. 1

PHOTOS: Nor’easter spreads the love across East coast

Yesterday’s snowstorm was expected to drop up to 10 inches on Concord, according to the National Weather Service – with a kicker: freezing rain and sleet overnight. Combined with strong winds, the National Weather Service warned, the ice could “make travel very hazardous or impossible” this morning. Yesterday’s snow prompted 413 cancellations on WMUR-TV’s website, but according to the Concord police, little in the way of mayhem through the day. 1

PHOTOS: 2014 Winter Olympics kicks off in Sochi

The opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics kicked off in Sochi, Russia, on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. 0